The Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD are leaving the USA for the first time. The two new 7″ tablets, which Amazon announced yesterday, will be available in the UK and mainland Europe from October 25.
Price wise for the UK, Amazon has done a reasonable job and fortunately long gone are the days when $100 in the USA meant £100 in the UK. In the USA the Kindle Fire HD cost $199 for the 16GB version and $249 for the 32GB version. In pure exchange rate terms (without considering sales taxes and import duties) that would mean £125 and £157, respectively. But things like VAT (sales tax) do exist and so the Kindle Fire HD will be available for £159 for 16GB and £199 for 32GB, not bad!
In mainland Europe, the conversion hasn’t worked out so well, apparently $1 does equal 1 Euro (whereas in fact $1 is 0.80 Euros). So the 16GB Kindle Fire HD is EUR 199 while the 32GB variant is EUR 249. That works out at $251 and $314, not as nice! As for the revamped Kindle Fire (non-HD), it will hit the UK shores for just £129, while in Europe it will cost EUR 159.
Interestingly the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD will also include advertising. As we revealed yesterday the entire Kindle Fire family is now ad-supported and that includes the models coming to the UK and Europe. According to Amazon.co.uk, these personalised special offers and sponsored screensavers will include offers on items like Kindle accessories or products from Amazon’s digital catalogue (kindle books, apps, games and music). The offers will be displayed on the screensaver and on the bottom of the home screen.
If you live in the UK or mainland Europe and are thinking about getting a Kindle Fire then leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts.
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I bought a Kindle Fire in USA earlier this year. I am an international traveller and a big ebook fan, switching from the Sony to the Kindle at the first available opportunity. Was my brand loyalty rewarded? No. Kindle allows me to buy books for the fire with my euro credit card but because I don’t have a US credit card they I can’t buy apps. I can’t even “buy” free apps. Go Figure! I feel burned by Amazon TBH.
I’m in the same situation. I have a kindle outside the U.S and no U.S Credit Card. Does the release of it abroad mean this restriction will be removed?
I have just found the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch version here:
This obviously mean that it must be coming to the UK soon as it’s a pre-order, and like the conversion rate for other Kindle Fires ($199-£160), ($249-£199) eg 20% off the 8.9 inch version looks like to be set at £240 which is 20% off $300 in America.